Digging Fifty Feet

Digging Fifty Feet

2018 is coming to an end. Looking back at the past the last twelve months I can say it was one of the most colorful, turbulent and inspiring years of my life. Dealing with the loss of a close family member, the process of becoming a yoga teacher, feeling the change inside and in parallel seeing how the outside world reacts. And in the end taking life changing decisions which brought me to the place where I am now. Sitting in Madiha, southern part of Sri Lanka writing these lines. And it still feels like a dream. Pinch me. It’s real.


Being thankful for all this inspirations on my way, meeting lovely people, reading fascinating books and blogs, joining Yoga Classes and many more different experiences were part of 2018. And all of this has been great. BUT I am sure some of you agree “Focus” is always in whatever way a topic in our life’s. A focus will help us to work towards the topics and ideas in our life’s which serve our greater goals or paths. But sometimes this is difficult in a world of so many choices, channels available to us and obligations in our daily life’s. Sometimes it seems limitless. This makes it even harder for us to stay focused. Can you feel me?


The last days I took my time to reflect and also think about priorities in my life. And I came to the conclusion that I tend to lose my focus.

I hear about this book about Vastu (Feng Shui from the Indian tradition) and I start reading it and there is this super interesting podcast about The Vedas and I download it…Social Media…and then I completely lose myself. As I don’t believe in coincidences a few days ago when I was sitting in the Dutch Fort in Galle this quote from the book “Taming the Kundalini“ by Swami Satyananda Saraswati struck me:

One can get water by digging fifty feet in one place but not by digging one foot in fifty places.

Absolutely true and nothing to add. Concentrating the energy on less things will of course lead to more substantial outcomes. Like finding water. This quote will definitely be one of my guiding lights for 2019. In Yoga you will find the word drishti. It is a specific focal point which is employed during Meditation and Yoga Asana. So the yogis back in the days already knew that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows. When our mind is focused on a single point all other stimulations and influences are losing importance. How I am going to keep the focus? Here are some ideas and inspirations:

  • Put your focus into words, write it down and visualize it. Hang it somewhere you see it every day.
  • Keep it clear and simple: a list of 5 topics to focus on is realistic.
  • Frequently checking against your 5 main focus topics and ask yourself does this serve one of my 5 focus topics?

I wish you an amazing start 2019. Take your time to set your focus points. May this new year be inspiring and colorful. Full of miracles and silent moments.

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